Annapolis County has the second-highest child poverty rate in Nova Scotia at 33.7%*. That means that more than 1 in 3 children in Annapolis County live in poverty.
These numbers are daunting but reflect the importance of supporting youth at risk in Annapolis County through innovative and impactful projects. Thanks to the generous support of BIG CHILLers over the last seven years, many meaningful developments and individual impacts have been made to support the mental, physical and emotional health of youth in our area.
In 2021, thanks to the generosity and commitment of CHILLers and donors, a multi-use outdoor court in Lawrencetown, Annapolis County was started. This court provides outdoor recreation space for local elementary and high school students, as well as for other youth in the community.
* according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, in the 2021 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia.
In addition to this project, over the years BIG CHILL funds have supported youth-at-risk through:
Innovative outdoor education programming
Providing food, clothing and other necessities to youth and families in Annapolis County
Development of community mentoring opportunities
Support in exploring and accessing post-secondary education
Workplace readiness and training
Transportation to essential, employment and recreational appointments and opportunities
Funds raised through The BIG CHILL have a tremendous and meaningful impact on the lives of youth-at-risk in Annapolis County.
Thank you for your support in allowing extraordinary youth to be ordinary.